With Stevie Brown out for the season due to a torn ACL, and having released both Tyler Sash and David Caldwell on Saturday, the New York Giants now find themselves with only three safeties on their 53-man roster: Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and Cooper Taylor.
The trio, with the exception of Rolle, are not going to intimidate many. Mundy, a free agent acquisition earlier this offseason, is now the transplanted starter on a defense he's still leaning. Meanwhile, Cooper Taylor is a rookie who saw his very first NFL experience in a 28-20 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night. Needless to say, even with Terrell Thomas and Aaron Ross capable of filling in, the Giants are in need of another quality, experienced safety.
So, what about Kenny Phillips?
Having been released by the Philadelphia Eagles early last week, Phillips would seem like the ideal target for Big Blue. After all, when healthy, there's no denying that KP is an extremely valuable asset. Add to that his experience with the Giants' defensive scheme and familiarity with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and, at least on the surface, it would appear to be a no brainier.
The reality however, is that Phillips and the Giants appear to have a little bad blood. Phillips was publicly upset with the way Big Blue handled his injuries each of his last two seasons in New York, and the fact that he was released by Philly due to lingering injuries raises several red flag. Ultimately, as Art Stapleton of The Record points out, the Giants may look to add a veteran safety, but it's highly unlikely to be Phillips.
In addition to Phillips, any potential reunion between the Giants and Brandon Jacobs or Jake Ballard also seems unlikely at this point.
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